Bracegirdle’s – McLaren Vale, SA
Inside Oxenberry Farm Cellar Door Complex – 26 Kangarilla Rd, McLaren Vale
This place had been given a HUGE build up by a friend/brother/colleague of mine so I approached the experience with trepidation, fully expecting my expectations to be found wanting as is the case in so many coffee houses – boy was I wrong. Well to begin with, its in McLaren Vale – the Barossa of the South – so already it is on the right track. Bracegirdle’s is part of the Oxenberry Farm Cellar Door complex, so at one end of the room you have wine tasting (something I didn’t partake on this occasion – but must do in the future) and at the other end you have the coffee/chocolate of which Bracegirdles are famous for in SA. The setting is beside a gently sloping grassed area which leads to a lake, surrounded by vines with views of the lower Adelaide Hills in the background…nice (or as they say in SA ‘Heaps Good!’)
Latte Quality – Excellent – good colour, good foam thickness and with a nice ‘leaf’ design on top – Bracegirdles are widely awarded for the quality and skill of their barristas.
Cost – $5.00 for a large mug – which is expensive, but the volume of said mug is expansive.
Coffee Supplier – I was informed that their coffee was produced inhouse – however, their website indicates that the coffee is source from a Melbourne Coffee company called Atomica.
Fair Trade – No.
Venue Suitable for:
- Quiet Chat – We were the only two there in the mid to late Wednesday afternoon – so a definite Yes.
- Deep and Meaningful – again, Yes – see above. There is also outdoor seating with views of the lake.
- Study and Reflection – As long as it wasn’t school holidays and it was during the working week this would be a great place to do some quiet reflection and/or reading. A great location for a personal retreat day!!